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Posted on Tue 11 August 2015

UK’s £2.7bn in aid to countries where Christians are persecuted

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester who is now president of Oxtrad, a charity supporting churches facing persecution, said:“Britain’s commitment to aid is praiseworthy but we must make sure that it is directed properly to the right people in the right way.

“I think we have to target it very carefully and where there is real need to make sure that aid is not being used simply to support British business or other interests and certainly to make sure that it is not being used to sustain corruption.”

Referring to his own country of birth, he explained: “Let us take the Government’s huge educational programme in assisting Pakistan.

“That’s fine, the country needs educational assistance but the question is will the programme, for example, assist in the revision of the teaching of hate in the text books or will it be sued simply to further it?

“Will it be used to reform the madrassas to broaden their curriculum and bring it up to date with modern times?”

He called for the Government to commit much more resources to protecting Christians fleeing mass murder at hands of militants from Isil in Iraq and Syria, either through the aid budget or military spending.

“I was in Bosnia at the time that the British army was protecting Muslims from genocide,” he said.

“That was excellent but what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

“Look at the no-fly zones, supported at huge cost to protect the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs in Iraq [under Saddam Hussein].

“Why can a fraction of that not be spent to protect to protect Christians in Iraq?”

To read John Bingham’s full Telegraph article, please Click Here.